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Kim Jong-un rides white horse in show of sanctions defiance

Mt Paektu and the white horse are central to the Kim family’s mythology and visits often herald major policy moves.

Kim Jong Un vowed to overcome US-led sanctions
imposed on North Korea as state media on
Wednesday shared evocative propaganda images of
him riding a white horse across snow-covered
landscapes on Mount Paektu, the Korean
peninsula’s highest peak.The location and animal are both symbols
associated with the Kim family’s dynastic
rule.Kim has previously visited Mt Paektu before
making major decisions such as the 2013
execution of his powerful uncle and his 2018
decision to embark on diplomacy with Seoul and
Washington.

“His march on horseback in Mt Paektu is a great
event of weighty importance in the history of the
Korean revolution,”

KCNA said.

“Having witnessed the great moments of his
thinking atop Mt Paektu, all the officials
accompanying him were convinced with overflowing
emotion and joy that there will be a great operation
to strike the world with wonder again and make a
step forward in the Korean revolution.”

The images were released days after the country’s
first nuclear negotiations with the United States in
more than seven months fell apart.Analysts said the symbolism underscored North
Korea’s determination to stand up to international
pressure over its nuclear weapons and ballistic
missile programmes.
“This is a statement, symbolic of defiance,” said
Joshua Pollack, a North Korea expert at the
Middlebury Institute of International Studies in
California.“The pursuit of sanctions relief is over. Nothing is
made explicit here, but it starts to set new
expectations about the coming course of policy for
2020.”

Symbolism


*North Korean documents say Kim’s grandfather and
national founder Kim Il Sung had an anti-Japan
guerrilla base on Paektu’s slopes during Japan’s
1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
The official biography of Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim
Jong Il, says the second-generation leader was
born on Paektu when a double rainbow filled the
skies.*The white horse is also a propaganda symbol for
the Kim family that has ruled North Korea for seven
decades.
State media have occasionally shown Kim, his
sister and his father riding white horses. The
symbolism goes back to Kim Il Sung, who
according to the North’s official narrative, rode a
white horse while fighting against Japanese rulers.
KCNA said Kim also visited nearby construction
sites in Samjiyon County and complained about the
US-led sanctions imposed because of the North’s
nuclear programmes.
“The situation of the country is difficult owing to the
ceaseless sanctions and pressure by the hostile
forces and there are many hardships and trials
facing us,” Kim was quoted as saying.
“But our people grew stronger through the trials and
found their own way of development and learned
how to always win in the face of trials.”

By Victor Aluede G.y

Aluede G.y Victory is a history
enthusiast an a mediapreneur living in Aboru,
Lagos. He studied arts at skills click foundation, he is an alumni of Rehoboth college Aboru, Lagos.

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